Gathered Wisdom, Aug 23

A weekly curated collection of essays, poetry, and reflections for your spiritual journey.  From The Wisdom Years.

When we establish human connections within the context of shared experience, we create community wherever we go.

Gina Greenlee, Postcards and Pearls: Life Lessons from Solo Moments on the Road.

From Well for the Journey.

Pilgrims Journeying Within
starts online Sept 8.

A pilgrim, says Mark Nepo, is one who journeys and is transformed by the journey. In the last third of our lives,  the journey we take is one of coming to ourselves – stripped down, unencumbered, gently guided by God’s spirit through the blessings and burdens of this time.

We will journey together in the next offering from The Wisdom Years as we gather weekly on Zoom. Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within by Christine Valters Paintner will be our guide book. For details and to indicate your interest, visit our website at https://wisdomyears.org/journeying-within/.

Lessons On My 70th Birthday

“Whenever there is an argument between two sides, find the third side,” says Kevin Kelly as he reflects on his 70th birthday. Kelly made a list of some bits of wisdom he wishes he had known when was younger. 

Read the reflection.

From Awakin. 

Start with the Voice of Grace

The little girl was considered a “difficult” child. But when the music came on she turned into a beautiful dancer. Fortunately the doctor recognized it and advised dance classes as the prescription. 

Read the essay.

From Terry Hershey’s Sabbath Moment.

Living/Dying Man

When Jamie Showkeir was diagnosed with ALS, he and his wife, Karen, decided to focus on reality. Rather than chase after miracles cures, they wisely used the time they had left and the lessons they were learning to make Jamie’s dying worth something. Their good friend Barbara McAfee was inspired to write a song about it.

Listen to the song in this video and read the conversation between Karen and Barbara.

From Daily Good.

Letting Go of Our Innocence

Richard Rohr says that we come to God not by doing it right but by doing it wrong and then forgiving ourselves. Rohr calls it “letting go,” which is not the same as denying or repressing. “We see it and we hand it over to God. We hand it over to history. . . .”

Read the reflection.

From Center for Action and Contemplation. 

Gathered Wisdom is an offering of The Wisdom Years, a ministry devoted to the spiritual journey of the last third of our lives.

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